Low-key Villach is a lively and liveable city, long a historically important junction between the Alps and southern Austria. There may be more picturesque cities in the region, however, with the town itself having little in the way of sights.

Like its close neighbour Klagenfurt half an hour away on the motorway, the Italian influence here is strong. Consider using it as a base for activities and for exploring the region.

Top attractions

These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Villach.